Before you and your family can start enjoying your new patio screen enclosure, you’ll need to go through a few steps. One of the first steps is a schedule a consultation meeting with your patio contractor. Knowing what to expect during the consultation will give you time to prepare and think about any questions you want to ask.
Why is the Consultation Important?
The consultation is an essential meeting that will help you and your contractor hammer out the details of your patio enclosure. During the meeting, you’ll discuss essential topics that will help the contractor build the enclosure for your home. This includes discussing the design and features that you want and taking measurements to give you a price quote. The contractor will also take note of the design of your home and landscaping so that your screen enclosure can blend in with its surroundings.
Length of the Consultation
The consultation meeting for your patio enclosure will probably between a half an hour up to an hour. If your project is larger or more complex than the average enclosure, it may take longer. Be sure to set enough time aside in your schedule to avoid cutting the consultation short. Give them enough time to show you different screen options and architectural options for your new screened in patio.
Describing Your Ideal Screen Porch
You don’t need to have any particular experience to help your contractor envision your idea for your patio enclosure. During the consultation, the contractor will likely ask you questions about what you want in your enclosure and how your family plans to use it. For example, if privacy is a major concern, the contractor can recommend the specific screen to give your family extra privacy.
What Questions Should I Ask?
The consultation provides an excellent opportunity for you to ask questions about your contractor and the build-out process. Basic questions about the history of your patio contractor can help you feel confident in your choice of a builder. You can start by asking about the history of the company, including how long the company has been in business and if they hold applicable licenses. This is also a good time to ask to see pictures of the contractor’s previous work on other patio enclosures and to discuss the contractor’s previous experience.
Discussing the Finances
The consultation process also includes time to discuss the financial questions about the project. After walking through your property, your contractor should be able to give you a rough cost estimate. Further discussion about design and material choices can alter the estimate as well, helping you make the best choice for your budget. You and the contractor can also discuss the terms of payment, including how you can pay and if there will be a payment schedule.
A consultation with your patio builder is the initial step towards an enclosure that fits both the design of your home and the lifestyle of your family. At Dulando Screen & Awning, we want to work with you to create a patio that will be an enjoyable part of your home for years. Contact us today at 407-862-6060 to learn more about the screen enclosures we offer.